Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game: Pure Michigan 400

*1*
Driver has clinched a spot in the Chase for the Cup. Kyle Busch became the first driver to clinch a spot with his fourth victory of 2011 on Sunday.

*2nd*
Brad Keselowski’s averaging finishing position in the last three Sprint Cup races. He has finished first, second and third and has climbed to 12th in the standings.

*4*
Times Kyle Busch entered a Sprint Cup Series race with the point lead in 2011. Sunday was the first race in which he retained the lead.

*4*
The number of top-fives finishes for Ryan Newman in the past six races. He was fifth at Michigan.

*6*
Races run past the scheduled distance in 2011. The Pure Michigan 400 went 203 laps because of a green-white-checkered. It was the second consecutive week a race went past the scheduled distance.

*8*
Times Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished outside the top-10 in his last nine races. He was 14th on Sunday.

*9*
The consecutive number of top-15 finishes for Carl Edwards at Michigan before finishing 36th on Sunday.

*15*
Top-10s recorded by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson is the first 23 races of the Sprint Cup season.

*16*
Points separating Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard for the final wild card spot in the Chase for the Cup.

*18*
Top-fives recorded for Mark Martin at Michigan. Martin finished fourth on Sunday and tied Jeff Gordon for most among active drivers.

*18.4*
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose finished 27th at Michigan.

*20*
The number of Sprint Cup races won from a starting position outside the top-10 in 85 races. Kyle Busch started 17th on Sunday.

*20*
Starts made by Jimmie Johnson without recording a victory, the most of any track he is yet to win at. He recorded his best finish, 2nd on Sunday.

*21*
Pit stops made by Kevin Harvick in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. He finished 22nd.

*23*
Career Sprint Cup victories for Kyle Busch. Busch is now tied for 26th on the all-time list with brother Kurt and Ricky Rudd.

*154*
The number of laps led by Greg Biffle at Michigan in 2011, the most of any driver. Biffle was 15th in the first race and 20th on Sunday.

*893*
Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 23 Sprint Cup races. He ran 18 laps at Michigan on his way to a 41st-place finish.

*1,158*
Laps led this season by Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series, a number that leads all drivers. He paced the field for 22 laps and won on Sunday at Michigan, meaning Busch has led in 17 of the first 23 races.

*2006*
The last time Jeff Gordon led 50 laps at Michigan before he did it on Sunday. Gordon still hasn’t won at the track since 2001.

*81,000*
The listed attendance at Michigan for Sunday’s race. Last year, the listed attendance was 105,000.

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